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British Transport Police (BTP) officers have released a CCTV image of a man they are trying to trace after an assault on board a train at Farnborough railway station in July.
The incident occurred on-board the 6.42pm London Waterloo to Basingstoke service on Saturday, 5 July.
"A 62-year-old man, from Farnborough, was travelling home from London with three friends. As the train pulled into Farnborough they were approached by a man holding an empty beer glass who began verbally abusing them. During the altercation the man struck the victim across the face with the beer glass, causing it to smash. He then continued to hit the man with the remaining broken glass, possibly cutting himself in the process. Other passengers intervened and the man fled the train at Farnborough and got into a taxi with two other men. The victim’s ear was almost cut clean off during the attack and he required multiple stitches at hospital. The unprovoked nature of the assault is of great concern and we are working hard to catch the person responsible and bring them to justice. Who is the man in the orange t-shirt? I believe he could have crucial information about what happened on that train, which will greatly assist our investigation. It is thought he has a broad Scottish accent, and may live or have connections in the Woking or Camberley areas of Surrey. If you recognise him, please get in touch. I am also keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident and has not yet come forward to police.”
Officers have been pursuing several lines of enquiry, including viewing CCTV footage from on the train and at the station, leading to the release of images of a man they’d like to speak to.
Nick Clegg will announce a major investment of £154 million in research projects at the Farnborough Airshow today, to keep the UK as a world leader in aerospace innovation.
The money will be used for four specific projects in areas the UK excels in - wings, engines, aircraft structures and radio communications.
The funding is part of a £2 billion pound Government and industry investment in researching and development for the next generation of quieter, faster and more environmentally friendly planes.
This will help to secure more than 100,000 skilled jobs in aerospace and its supply chain in the long term in a market expected to be worth over £4 trillion over the next 30 years.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:
"The UK's aerospace industry is going from strength to strength and helping our economic recovery. We are the number one aerospace industry in Europe and second only to the United States globally.
I want to ensure the UK remains at the cutting edge of aerospace innovation, which is why I am pleased to announce that we are investing £154 million for research to explore new technologies like the 3D printing of plane parts and creating lighter, greener aircraft."
In an announcement from the Prime Minister's office, an extra £800 million of investment is promised for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance. The intentnion is to extend the range and flexibility of defence options, including that of our Special Forces.
The statements says the money will be used to respond to the threat of global terrorism and hostage taking, with an investment of £300 million in existing capabilities including a new E-Scan radar for Typhoon and the purchase of the Portsmouth-based Ice Patrol Ship HMS Protector.
David Cameron will provide more details at the Farnborough International Airshow. The Prime Minister will also set out action taken by the Defence Growth Partnership of industry and Government to boost the UK defence sector.
Having modern, technologically advanced and flexible Armed Forces to protect us and our interests is vital. Because of the difficult decisions we have taken to tackle the deficit we are able to make these vital investments in our defence capabilities. We are also taking action to sustain our thriving defence industry, as part of our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and secure a brighter future for hardworking people.”
The star of this year's Farnborough Airshow has been grounded and will almost certainly not appear at the event taking place next weekend.
The F-35 is a new multi-billion pound fighter jet. It's understood a fire on one of the £200 million aeroplanes has led to concerns over safety.
Police searching for a man missing from Kent say they have found a body. At around 4pm on 5th July, a body of a man was found close to woodland in Farnborough, Hampshire.
The body has not been formally identified, but the family members of a man reported missing from the Northampton area on 3rd July, who was last seen in the Snodland area have been informed.
The death is being treated as non-suspicious.
Kent Police is appealing for information about the whereabouts of 28-year-old Jonathan Stickland.
Jonathan recently travelled down from his home in Northampton and it is believed he was staying at an address in the Snodland area.
He was reported missing by his family on 2 July, following growing concerns for his welfare. Jonathan is described is described as white, of slim build with short mousey coloured hair and stubble. He may be travelling in a rented car, which is described as a yellow Fiat 500.
Anyone who has seen Jonathan or has information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Kent Police on 101 quoting reference 02-1441.
Record numbers expected to attend the Farnborough Air Show. Britain's new fighter plane, the F35-B, will perform there after makings its debut at the Royal International Air Tattoo. It is a world leading supersonic jet and part of a massive investment that will lead to 24,000 new jobs in the UK.
Airbus will also fly its brand new passenger plane, the A350. The Dreamliner and A380 Super Jumbo will also feature. The theme of the show will be the 100th anniversary of the Great War with planes from every decade flying.
Record numbers of exhibitors and members of the public will attend this year's Air Show. More planes than ever before, around 100, will be on show and fly. In spite of the poor economy, space is now 98 per cent sold. Around £50 billion of trade is expected during the week.
Five teenagers have been charged after an assault in Farnborough in the early hours of Friday, April 25th.
Three teenage boys - a 15-year-old from Surrey and two 17-year-olds from Surrey - were assaulted, resulting in numerous injuries, including broken bones, and all received hospital treatment.
They have been charged with conspiring to commit grievous bodily harm and will appear at Basingstoke Magistrates Court.
A 15-year-old girl from Farnborough was also charged with conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and has been bailed to appear at Basingstoke Magistrates Court on May 14th.
A 17-year-old boy from Basingstoke and a 16-year-old girl from Farnborough were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm. They have been bailed pending further enquiries until May 27th.
Detectives are investigating an incident where three teenage boys – a 15-year-old from Surrey and two 17-year-olds from Surrey - were attacked with baseball bats by a group of up to eight teenage boys.
It is believed that the victims had met a group of girls at Farnborough Train Station earlier that night and were then confronted by this group of teenage boys near to the playing fields at the rugby club, who assaulted them.
The victims sustained numerous injuries, including broken bones, and all received hospital treatment. A 15-year-old boy from Farnborough has been arrested in connection with this incident and is currently in police custody.
Were you in the area at the time? Did you see groups of teenage boys or any altercation? It is believed these boys are all known to each other, so I would like to reassure the local community that this is an isolated incident, and there is no wider threat to their safety. I’d like to hear from anyone who has information which may assist this investigation.”